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Matchday 28: Sky Bet League One preview

There are some tasty games in Sky Bet League One this weekend, which fixture are you most looking forward to?

11 January 2019

There are some huge games at both ends of the table in Sky Bet League One this weekend, here is what is coming up on Matchday 28...

Promotion battle at the Stadium of Light

Luton Town travel to Sunderland on Saturday looking to put a bit of distance between themselves and the Black Cats in the Sky Bet League One standings.

Things have been made difficult this week for the Hatters, as manager Nathan Jones moved to Championship side Stoke City.

Sunderland are unbeaten in their last six league games against Luton, winning four and drawing two, and Jack Ross will be looking to continue that form against the team from Bedfordshire.

Yorkshire derby at Oakwell

Daniel Stendel will be hoping his Barnsley side can continue on their impressive run in the league, which has seen them lose only once since late November.

However, David Hopkin’s Bradford City will be looking to make it three wins in a row in League One, after impressive 4-0 and 3-0 wins over Rochdale and Accrington Stanley respectively.

The Tykes back-line will have to be wary of Bantams striker Eion Doyle, who is on an impressive run of form at the moment - the 30-year-old has netted four times in his last five games.

Wally not looking down

AFC Wimbledon are currently bottom of the Sky Bet League One table and are in desperate need of three points on the road, having lost eight of their last nine games on their travels. 

Coventry City have won their last two games at the Ricoh Arena and are looking for their third win in a row at home since January 2018.

The Ricoh has seen the fewest goals in League One this season (24) so fans will be excited to know that the last three league encounters between the two sides have ended in a draw, the most recent a 0-0 in August!

No Barton, no problem?

Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton is serving his second match in a two-game touchline ban for his comments in the 2-1 loss at Bristol Rovers.

Despite their manager not being in the dugout this weekend, the Cod Army can take positives from the fact that they have seen off Oxford United eight times in their last nine league meetings.

Karl Robinson’s side have lost their last three league games without finding the back of the net; the last time they lost four without scoring in the EFL came in August 2000.

If Oxford were to pick up three points here, they could overtake Bradford City, Bristol Rovers and Gillingham in the table, depending on results elsewhere.

Around the grounds

League leaders Portsmouth take on Blackpool at Fratton Park, hoping to extend their gap at the top at the table, depending on the result at the Stadium of Light.

Charlton travel to Shrewsbury Town, looking to strengthen their grip in the Play-Off places, but the Shrews are unbeaten in their last 10 home matches across all competitions.

Sixth-placed Doncaster Rovers head to Wycombe Wanderers; meanwhile, hot on their tales are Peterborough United, who host Rochdale at the ABAX Stadium.

Carabao Cup Semi-Finalists Burton Albion are back on home soil after travelling to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City on Wednesday evening - they take on 19th-placed Gillingham.

Elsewhere, Southend United face Plymouth Argyle, Accrington Stanley take on Bristol Rovers and Walsall host Scunthorpe United. 

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